Archive for November, 2010

11/1/2010

Healthfront

Serenity Place Doctors Hospital is pleased to announce the opening of its new Inpatient Senior Behavioral Health Program, Serenity Place. This program consists of 16 beds for adults 55 years and older who have psychiatric symptoms that are interfering with their daily functioning. The program offers a multidisciplinary approach where compassionate care is delivered in […]

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11/1/2010

Only in Sarasota

If you ask us, Sarasota’s official mascot should be the lizard; even last winter’s record-breaking cold spell didn’t seem to make a dent in the local population, which scurries around our yards—and often inside our homes as well. James Phillips caught this lizard—or to be more precise, anole—perched on a statue at the Ringling Museum […]

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11/1/2010

Good Deal

The Place: Siesta Key Oyster Bar (SKOB), 5238 Ocean Blvd. in Siesta Village; (941) 346-5443. The Fare: SKOB is a classic, funky, totally laid-back beach bar with a great deck, party music, friendly servers and bartenders and moderate prices on both food and drink. We like it, too, because management takes a chance on local […]

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11/1/2010

Food & Wine

At a time when too many restaurant marquees are decorated with signs offering the premises for sale or lease, a small and very welcome miracle has occurred at 1962 Hillview St. in Southside Village. That’s the address where 62 Bistrot recently opened and is receiving guests with genuine French hospitality. This cozy place is the […]

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11/1/2010

Highlights

Art Venice Art Center. An all-media exhibit of Flora and Fauna continues here through Nov. 5; it’s followed by a members’ only show titled Show Us Your Best, Nov. 12 through Dec. 10. 485-7136. Selby Gallery. This Ringling College gallery space continues to present the annual Faculty Exhibition, Part I, through Nov. 13, with more […]

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11/1/2010

Body Talk

Big Bands Before your run, try on the latest workout accessory for long-haired athletes: SweatyBands. The fashionable sport headbands help keep sweat out of your eyes while wrangling those annoying flyaways that break free from your ponytail. Their secret is a non-slip underside that keeps them comfortably in place all workout long. Plus, they come […]

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11/1/2010

Luxury Real Estate

The suburbs were a 20th-century phenomenon, but downtown living is real estate’s rising star. Cities everywhere are upping their seduction quotients, competing mightily for new residents who long for paradise in the form of walkability, great restaurants, art and culture. Like Sarasota, communities from coast to coast are investing in infrastructure, urban renewal, and amenities […]

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11/1/2010

Mr. Chatterbox

At last—an election all about ME. Yes, I’m the Angry White Voter. I hate everybody— President Obama, the Republican establishment, the political elites, healthcare, the stimulus, Wall Street, Tallahassee insiders, government spending, tax cuts for the poor—I hate it all. My new idol is that Tea Party person Christine O’Donnell, the one who dabbles in […]

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11/1/2010

Costume Drama

As a youngster in Baltimore, Ray Peper had a neighbor who had made costumes for the Ziegfeld Follies. One day she showed him how sequins could transform a dress. In A Chorus Line moment, Peper realized, "I can do that!" Years later, living in Key West with partner Richard Day (they now own Sarasota’s John […]

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11/1/2010

Fractured Art

When you think of watercolors, you may think of pretty, innocuous landscapes. Kim Russo (head of the fine arts department at Ringling College of Art and Design) plays on that expectation with her works in watercolor and graphite on paper. While there is beauty in her technique, it’s wedded to subject matter that often includes […]

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11/1/2010

Here comes Trombone Shorty!

Hot, hot, hot (just off opening for Jeff Beck in Europe, guest-starring as himself on HBO’s Treme and performing with his band for NFL Kickoff 2010 and Jimmy Kimmel Live), Troy Andrews, aka Trombone Shorty, drops in for the 20th annual Sarasota Blues Fest Nov. 6 at Ed Smith Stadium. Only 24, Andrews has already […]

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11/1/2010

Fabulous Faux Bois

1 Faux bois, the ancient art of capturing wood grain texture in cement ornaments, is updated in this glass vase ($40). Coquillage, 1515 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 487-7160. 2 Sculpted wood grain soap with its own wooden soap dish from Gianna Rose ($12.40) at Seaside Chic, 217 W. Venice Ave., Venice (941) 483-1177. 3 The […]

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11/1/2010

Shop

You don’t just shop at Bradenton’s Village of the Arts; you cultivate your inner artist. Browsing a bewitching blend of galleries, crafts workshops, boutiques, magic and music studios, you feel the latent painter, potter or quilter in you emerge. Hold that feeling and sign up for one of the tempting classes offered by the artists […]

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11/1/2010

Arts Capital

Pas De Duel? The new Carreño Dance Festival sounds like a great addition to Sarasota’s busy cultural calendar. But is it bad news for the Sarasota Ballet? Publicly, ballet officials have wished the new venture well. But I hear they were taken aback and irritated when their former artistic director, Robert de Warren, informed them […]

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11/1/2010

Hot Dish

  What’s the must-order dish at Libby’s right now? The baked-to-order Kobe meatloaf, and I really mean baked to order. A big part of what makes this dish so great is not only the tenderness of the Kobe beef, but the cheddar cheese that’s mixed into it. Why the fried egg on top? This is […]

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11/1/2010

Top Tickets

  Killer Couple Will the Asolo Repertory Theatre’s Broadway-bound production of Bonnie & Clyde, a new musical about that Depression-era duo by Frank Wildhorn, steal theatergoers’ (and critics’) hearts? There just may be a certain sneaky admiration out there right now for people who rob banks for a living. The season opening production runs Nov. […]

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11/1/2010

Stay Tuned

Sarasota just got the radio station it’s long deserved, says Jennifer Berges Meyer, associate director of development for Tampa’s WUSF Public Media (and WUSF’s sole Sarasota employee). In September, WUSF switched to all news on 89.7 and introduced WSMR 89.1, an all-classical station based in Sarasota. Meyer, 29, says 30 percent of WUSF listeners live […]

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11/1/2010

From The Editor

The end of September can be the deadest time of the year in Sarasota, when the only thing that’s brewing might be a tropical storm in the simmering Gulf. But this year something else was in the air. At the Sarasota Orchestra, a near-full house listened to four young performers depict “Portraits in Passion.” The […]

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11/1/2010

Havana, 1960

I moved recently, and in doing so I found, way back in the corner of the dusty storeroom, my mother’s silver. Ah, the famous silver. Then the real shock hit me—50 years! It had been 50 years ago that the silver and I had our rendezvous with destiny . . . My mother, I should […]

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11/1/2010

Rare Beauty

In his new book Rare, acclaimed National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore presents 69 images of species hovering on the brink of extinction. These portraits, shot against stark backgrounds, are both intimate and immediate, revealing the exquisite beauty of even the smallest insect and making a powerful case for us to act before such beauty is […]

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